“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:1-3
Someone said to me one day, “I wish our church would just have the preaching time. I don’t need the singing and the music.”
I have to wonder how David might have responded to that. This psalm was written during a very hard time in his life. He was being pursued on many fronts and he wrote this after his encounter with Abimelek. To get away, David pretended to be insane. He was so convincing that instead of having him killed, Abimelek merely sent him away. Abimelek thought he had enough insane people around him already and didn’t need another one.
David did not revel in his clever plan, he rather looked to the Lord to praise Him for His help. He asked God to let others hear his praise and then he invited them to join him.
When we listen to the preaching of the Word, that is an excellent thing. We are learning and growing. One person speaks and we listen. When we sing songs of praise, songs that have God’s word embedded in them, we are joining all of heaven in rejoicing in who Christ is. We hear, we sing, we join.
Do we really want to miss that?
Lord, I want to grow in the knowledge of You, learn more of Your Word, and worship You with my songs of praise. Help me to do that every day.